The ABB response to Klabin’s requirements was a recommendation to install new PC hardware running the current Windows operating system combined with an incremental upgrade of the control system software to the latest 800xA version.
System 800xA v6 has been specially developed to support upgrades of older DCS running on unsupported operating systems such as Microsoft XP. 800xA v6 provides customers with a more secure automation environment that lowers the total cost of ownership, while providing countless opportunities to improve productivity.
Cyber security is embedded in all phases of ABB’s system life cycle (product, project, and plant life cycle), and is an integral part of System 800xA. It has been designed with cyber security in mind and provides a comprehensive set of embedded mechanisms to manage cyber security risks.
Adding to its industry-leading security features like Advanced Access Control, White Listing, and means to monitor and manage the control system’s security integrity, the newest version of 800xA empowers users with the ability to operate an even more secure system with:
- Use of the latest Microsoft operating system Windows MS 8.1 / Server 2012 R2
- Improved system installation that automatically sets policies to simplify system hardening
- Digital Code Signing to ensure software legitimacy code
- Immediate access to approved anti-virus files
Special consideration has been given to ensure a significantly improved upgrade experience supported by an enhanced Automation Sentinel Life Cycle Management and Support Program. 800xA v6 includes a more intelligent installation and upgrade tools that reduce manual steps by over 80 percent.
A three year Automation Sentinel Maintain Plus service agreement for Klabin not only provides access to the latest control system software license versions and enhancements, it also provides for better protection of their ABB control system against malware infection and cyber-attacks. As part of the service agreement, Klabin receives validated patches and anti-virus files. The Automation Sentinel service agreement supports Klabin in keeping their installed software products up to date and improves production through enhanced functionality.
ABB recommends to regularly update the virus scanner software and install the latest Microsoft Windows™ security patches. Current security updates on site are a key factor to reach the next level of cyber security.
For relevance and system compatibility with the installed ABB control system software all files are verified by ABB, therefore reducing Klabin’s risk of introducing an unauthorized patch into a running system. In addition, user efforts in evaluation, installing and testing of security patches and updates minimized and information about the latest validated patches is available for Klabin’s operators. An Automation Sentinel agreement is the exclusive way for ABB control system users to receive these validated Microsoft security patches and Anti-virus verification reports.